Chief Justice Heavican’s Memorandum
New Legislation Education
Links to the sessions will be emailed prior to the sessions. Call Alicia Guerra, 402-471-3137, with questions regarding the set-up process.
Supreme Court Guardian/Conservator Taskforce Appointed
May is National Drug Court Month
Open House for Court Kiosk in Franklin County
Nominations Being Accepted for the Chief Justice's Annual Judicial Awards
The Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judges for 2009; Judge Michael Offner, Distinguished Judge for Improvement of the Judicial System, and Judge Robert C. Wester, Distinguished Judge for Service to the Community, have been added to the Distinguished Judge page on the Judicial Branch Web site under: http://supremecourt.ne.gov/community/awards/distinguished-judge/winner-summary.shtml
Judicial Branch Education
Six clerks have already completed the online Case Management course which has been available for two months.
Training on use of JBE’s updated online learning management system has begun throughout the Judicial Branch. All webinars and online courses can be accessed through the new learning management system by clicking here. For convenience, please save it as a favorite. The link will soon be added to the JBE Web site.
NOTE: Proposed Amendments to local trial court rules on the Parenting Act should be submitted to the Supreme Court for approval by June 1.
New Mediation Association Elects Board
James Gordon, Lincoln; Grant Story, Omaha; Carol Dart, Kearney; Judy Pingel, Beatrice; David Hubbard, Omaha; Lynne Favinger, Kearney; Jane Martin-Hoffman, Fremont; Cindy Tierney, Omaha; Bryan Hanson, Omaha; Patricia Kelley, Omaha; and Michael Mullin, Omaha.
Interpreter Testing Completed, Evaluation Underway
Problem-Solving Court Graduation Ceremonies Held
Congratulations to these programs and to the graduates who made the decisions to lead better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
All full-time employees must go into the Edge (NIS) system (edge.ne.gov) and either enroll or waive their choices for health, dental, vision, and flex spending. Eligible part-time employees were mailed paper forms to complete; these must be returned by May 7, 2010.
Anyone wishing to make changes to their current life or long-term disability benefits must request an application form from their HR contact person. Current life and long-term disability benefits will remain as you currently have them unless you make a change.
For answers to questions you may have, The Enrollment Guide and Open Enrollment Meeting Videos are available online at http://www.das.state.ne.us/personnel/benefits/index.html.
If you have any questions, please contact your respective HR contact person:
Memorial Service Held for Former Supreme Court Justice John T. Grant in Nebraska Supreme Court Chambers
Click here to view the memorial on the Judicial Branch Web site.
Court Memorial Dedicated to Judge W.W. Nuernberger
John Dougherty, Omaha, Given Public Service Award
Former Lancaster County District Judge Dies
New Court Personnel
New Probation Personnel
Supreme Court Personnel Board
Click here to view the full committee.
Rule Amendments (made within the last 90 days):
Rules of the District Court of the Twelfth Judicial District
These changes are also incorporated into the full set of rules listed below the rule amendments section on the web page. All rule changes/additions are available at: www.supremecourt.ne.gov/rules/index.shtml.
Records Retention Schedule for County Courts
Reviews are also underway of the District Court Schedule 8, Juvenile Court Schedule 80, and Probation Schedule 74.
Poverty Guidelines/Child Support Guidelines
The current guidelines will remain in effect until further notice. http://www.supremecourt.ne.gov/rules/pdf/Ch4Art2.pdf
Judgment Interest Rate
|May 1-8||Law Day, events to be celebrated nationally|
Law Day Ceremony, Lincoln, Nebraska Supreme Court
|May 31||Memorial Day|
|July 5||Independence Day|
|September 6||Labor Day|
|October 11||Columbus Day|
|November 11||Veteran's Day|
|November 25-26||Thanksgiving and Friday following|
Judges Filing For Retention Use Online Application
Link to the Secretary of State’s Web page ‘2010 Judicial Candidate List for retention in office’: http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/2010/pdf/judicial%20list.pdf
Bar Poll Schedule
Attorneys will also have the opportunity to comment on specific judges. Comments received will be released to the judge(s) as a feedback tool. Evaluations are anonymous and will be tabulated by Objective Advantage, LLC. Survey results will be released in mid-July.
Publication Ordering Available Online
Chief Justice Michael G. Heavican